Category: Gov 2.0

Why Open Data Should Matter to Urban Planners

This is the first in a series of articles about Why Open Data Matters. I’m completing my Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College (graduating May 30, 2013!), so I chose Urban Planners as for the first article in this series. PediaCities is a data informatics startup – we organize, wrangle, and link data about cities. We started with NYC partly because the best …

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Wonkageekathon – GovLabs and the Birth of CityMiss...

When big thinkers, designers & coders hack together. Last month, we were invited to participate in the Inaugural Experiment of GovLabs. It was a mind-blowing experience! First off, we couldn’t help but be star-struck at all the luminaries milling about from the Civic Tech, Gov 2.0, Open Data and Semantic Web worlds – Tim Berners-Lee, Jim Hendler, David Karger, Laura James, Steve Koonin, Mike Flowers, …

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New York IS the Empire State of Data!

Whew!  What a hectic month! We co-hosted “Code Across NYC” right here at the NYU-Poly Varick Incubator with Code for America.  The Venn Diagram of Code Across America and the First International Open Data Day! NYC celebrated the first anniversary of its ground-breaking Open Data Law.  I attended the press conference on the steps of City Hall and celebrated (complete with cake!) with friends from …

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NYC is New Tech City!

ReinventPhones Demo day was sold out, so the nycdatawell team watched via quirky.com/live.​ Looking at the quirky.com livestreaming counter, there were several hundred people watching remotely. Once again, NYC is blazing the trail! Reminiscent of the ground-breaking polihack last year when DoITT used a wiki to get feedback on its landmark Open Data Policy, the City doesn’t hesitate to use unconventional digital means to reach out to …

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Reality is the Highest Resolution

I’m the son of two civil servants.  Growing up, however, I remember being indoctrinated by my parents NOT to pursue public service. They both saw themselves through college, and they fell into civil service out of necessity, and got into their career tracks not out of passion, but because there was no other option. I still got the public service bug in me however.  Was …

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New York State – the Empire State of Data!

During yesterday’s State of the State speech, Governor Cuomo announced that he intends to implement a comprehensive statewide open data portal. Woohoo!!!  This news brings back memories of us literally jumping up and down in Sami’s basement when we heard the unexpected news of NYC passing its Open Data Law. But then, we tempered our celebration when we found out that  unlike NYC, there was …

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Ombudsbot – Machine as Ombudsman

Was reading an excellent article by David Eaves on TechPresident this morning on “What Technology Can and Cannot Do In the Fight Against Corruption?” and I was I was struck by the whole idea – Technology against Corruption!?! As it happens, I’m currently reading Dan Ariely‘s latest book – The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty and was inspired to post this comment: What about using behavioral techniques informed …

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